Every freshly picked strawberry deserves a great use and this strawberry summer cake is IT. Slightly sweet cake with jammy, roasted berries on top. Oh heck yes.

Strawberry Summer Cake

Can you smell the change of seasons in the air? Like when spring starts turning to summer and there’s this fresh, clean, grassy smell in the air? Most especially after it rains, right?

Strawberry Summer Cake

I sit on the porch with my coffee in the mornings before going to work when the weather starts to warm up, loving the way the morning air smells. Watching the trees come back to life day-by-day is one of my favorite things about this time of year. It feels like summer will never get here and then one day:

Strawberry Summer Cake

BOOM! The tree are green and flowering. The landscapers are back at ungodly hours all over the neighborhood. The humidity is seeping back in. The mosquitos are back. And cakes like this strawberry summer cake are being devoured everywhere.

Strawberry Summer Cake

At least there’s this cake.

And don’t get me wrong, I do love most aspects of summer, most especially the produce! Because without local strawberries, I’d probably have a meltdown.

Strawberry Summer Cake

Fortunately for most of us, you can use out-of-season strawberries since they roast and get all jammy in the oven. But if you can score local, in-season strawberries, you’re allll set. I made this cake last summer with berries from our backyard strawberry patch and this cake alone made all of the work maintaining those berry plants each year more than worth it.

Strawberry Summer Cake

And should you feel like using a different berry, I’d say go for it! Raspberries or blackberries would be absolutely lovely in place of strawberries here. If you’re looking to use up blueberries, go for this blueberry buttermilk upside-down cake instead.

Strawberry Summer Cake

And that’s only because I love that blueberry cake so freaking much.

So go ahead and smell the roses – or drink some rosé!! – but make this cake too. Your strawberries are begging to be eaten this way.

Strawberry Summer Cake

Strawberry Summer Cake

  • Prep Time: 25min
  • Cook Time: 1hr to 1hr 10min
  • Yield: 8-12 servings

Notes

I opted to make this strawberry summer cake in a springform pan (9-inch) since I love the look of a naked-sided cake, even if it’s just one layer. Baked in a 9-inch springform pan, the cake is going to need towards the higher end of the suggested baking time listed below. Though you’re only seeing whipped cream pictured here, a scoop of vanilla ice cream goes really nice with this cake as well.

Ingredients

1 ½ cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp table salt
6 tbsp (85 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for pie plate/springform pan
1 cup (200 grams) plus 2 tbsp (25 grams) granulated sugar, divided
1 large egg
½ cup (118 ml) milk
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 lb (450 grams) strawberries, hulled and halved
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  • 01

    Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 10-inch pie plate or a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. If using the springform pan, lay a round piece of parchment on the bottom and grease the top of the parchment, too. Set aside.

  • 02

    Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar together at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Blend in the egg, milk, and vanilla until fully incorporated. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until no streaks remain and the batter is smooth.

  • 03

    Pour the batter into the prepared dish/pan. Lay the strawberries out over the batter, cut side down, in a tightly packed single layer. Sprinkle the remaining granulated sugar evenly over the top of the strawberries.

  • 04

    Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 325° F. Bake for another 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. The cake should be golden brown and the berries should be really soft and just ready to burst. Transfer the dish/pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Once fully cooled, dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar.

    If serving from the pie dish, cut the cake into wedges. If you baked the cake in a springform pan, release the sides of the pan and slip a large spatula between the parchment and the bottom of the pan to transfer the cake to a cake plate. Slice into wedges and serve.

    Wrapped tightly, the cake will keep in the fridge for about 3 days.

adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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  • Liz N.
    April 12, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Gosh, this looks amazing!! The local strawberry fields are open for picking and this recipe confirms that I need to make a stop and do some berry picking STAT! This recipe will have to be on my Easter menu this weekend. I love the idea of baking it in a springform pan. I love the look of it! YUM!

    • Tara
      April 21, 2017 at 11:06 AM

      Thanks, Liz! Sorry for the delay in approving your comment but if you made the cake for Easter, I hope you loved it! Strawberry picking is one of my very favorite late-spring activities (here in New England) – local berries are unbeatable!!

  • Heather@WillSingForDessert
    April 12, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    I have been thinking about this cake since I saw your post on instagram yesterday! I have to say the changing of seasons is one of my favorite things about New England!

    • Tara
      April 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM

      Me too, Heather! I urge you to make this cake when strawberries are back locally in June/July!

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